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  • Project Knitwell Offers Comfort Through Crafting

    Knitting, crochet, and other kinds of crafting can have healing, comforting properties. Project Knitwell brings that exact form of comfort to those who need it.

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    Lion Brand Yarn partners with Project Knitwell by donating yarn to their cause, so they can focus on helping people in need. In 2015, we published a booklet, titled The Comfort of Knitting, the proceeds of which are donated to Project Knitwell as well as the Alzheimer's Association.

    Carol Caparosa founded the group in 2010. She had experience with the extremely stressful situation that is being the parent of a child with health problems. She looked to knitting to help pass the time in waiting rooms while her daughter underwent multiple heart surgeries. This is when she realized that crafting provided a welcome distraction from her worries.

    Patients, families, and caregivers all benefit from the therapy of knitting. It can help with relaxation and positive thinking. Plus, it's a way to pass the time and create something tangible.

    Project Knitwell for Caregivers

    Project Knitwell operates in the Washington, D.C. area, but you can discover the comforts of crafting no matter where you live. 

    Our booklet, The Comfort of Knitting, doesn't just teach the basics. It features several beginner projects, as well. On top of that, there's a lot of really great information about the health benefits of knitting.

    This booklet is tailor made for caregivers. People who play the very important role of tending to someone who is sick or in another stressful situation have a unique set of needs.

    Knitting improves health and well-being. Self-care is vital for caregivers, both to be there for the person they are helping and for themselves. This guide features several pages of information about the comforts and benefits of knitting.

    Lion Brand is proud to support Project Knitwell. Their cause is a worthy one, and it's great to use our craft to help others.

    If you would like to donate or volunteer, visit their website to learn more.

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  • Kristy Glass is... The Domiknitter!!

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    Gaze upon the glory that is... THE DOMIKNITTER!

    Kristy Glass. You know her. You love her. Kristy was one of the first people to sign up for Yarn Heroes, and it goes without saying that she took the theme and FLEW with it. Kristy's electric personality and huge heart provided a steady beat while we put Yarn Heroes together. Not only has she come up with one of the greatest costumes of all time, but Kristy has gone above and beyond to make for a great cause and we can't wait to share the story!

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  • Basic Hats to Make for Charity

    Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, and you may be feeling it's time to do something generous. How about making some basic hats to donate? They're a great project, because they're useful -- you can make preemie hats for a NICU, chemo caps for a hospital, or warm hats for the homeless. Since they don't take too long or use up a ton of yarn, you can make several to donate at once.

    If you're looking for places to donate, check with a local hospital or homeless shelter, or try one of the following charities:

    Basic Knit Hats

    Basic Crochet Hats

    When knitting or crocheting for charity, especially if you're making hats for cancer patients, there are a few things to keep in mind. You want to avoid stitches that are too open or loose, as well as any extreme textures. People going through chemo likely have sensitive skin on their heads and need something comfortable. Textures (like cables) can be uncomfortable, especially when laying down, and open stitches won't provide needed warmth. It's also important to use a soft, washable yarn. The softness is important for the same reasons you need to be mindful of texture -- people who are sick and in pain need the most comfortable, easy to wear hats possible. Since they will likely be wearing the hat a lot, it needs to be easy to care for. The patterns above all call for Vanna's Choice® yarn, which is 100% acrylic. You may also want to try 24/7 Cotton® or Heartland® yarns. All three are soft, affordable, and washable. Make sure to avoid wool, too, as some patients may have sensitivities.

    Giving hats to those who need them is a great way to do something nice this season. Armed with the right yarn and basic patterns, you can really make a difference.

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